The Health Sciences Academy partners with Portsmouth and Northampton County Public Schools. Students are encouraged to apply to the academy during the fall semester of their ninth grade year (with some exceptions). Accepted students participate in a spring semester introductory health professions curriculum during their ninth-grade year.

The recruitment and application process is primarily overseen by the partnering school. Please reach out to the point of contact at your school for additional information. Schools generally require applicants to:

  • Complete the application form
  • Be in good academic and attendance standing
  • Write a personal letter
  • Provide a recommendation letter from a teacher


Twenty to twenty-five students are accepted for this four-year pipeline program.